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The Art of Hugging: The World-Famous Kissing Coach Offers Inspiration and Advice on Why, Where, and How to Hug Paperback – January 15, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed edition (January 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312140967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312140960
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

In this warm book written by the author of The Art of Kissing, lovers, friends, and family will find all the insights they need to add tenderness and variety to every conceivable type of hug -- from the platonic to the more-than-just-friendly.

About the Author

William Cane is the pen name of Michael Christian, who teaches English at Boston College. He is the author of The Art of Kissing, which has been translated into seventeen languages, and The Book of Kisses. Since 1991 he has lectured at colleges and universities around the world on subjects of kissing and hugging. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book very much. I definitely agree that hugging is essential in all relationships, but especially romantic ones. It was wonderful how the author described various types of hugs and how each one is good for us. I like how emphasis is put more on love, intimacy and tenderness then on pure sex. Of course sensual hugs are nice as well, but we need to balance physical, emotional and spiritual needs in relating to each other. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking greater love and intimacy in their lives.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
I personally didn't enjoy this book, but it could be fun for others. It's in the same style as "The Art of Kissing" except a bit shorter (140 pages instead of 180). It's printed on cheap paper, and contains no photographs or illustrations. After a short introduction and discussion about sex differences in hugging, the bulk of the book describes 19 hugging styles, like "The Unrequited Hug" and "The Heart-to-Heart Hug". And finally, there is a chapter on hugging techniques, looking at issues like: How do you hug a baby? and Why do some people refuse to Hug?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1995
Format: Paperback
The best thing about this book is how it explains men and women's different hugging preferences. I never knew there were so many different TYPES of hugs! This book even comes with its own Web page, believe it or not! [...] and it's great
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